Vegan Carrot Cake Banana Bread

By Alexandra Caspero on May 11, 2020
Carrot Cake Banana Bread! This vegan banana bread option is perfect for Spring and Easter! Low-fat, perfect for breakfast or dessert.
Prep time: 15 minutes | Makes 8 slices

If you love banana bread, then you are going to want to save this carrot cake banana bread combo. This vegan banana bread recipe was originally published in 2016, then updated again in 2019 and is being republished today with updated photos. Enjoy!

A giant slice of this banana bread with a smear of almond butter. It’s what I’ve been eating for almost every meal or dessert the past week.

Carrot cake plus banana bread is what happens when you want cake but can’t exactly justify it for breakfast. It was also the perfect way to welcome back spring! My food memories run deep with both of these items; we always had my grandmother’s carrot cake for Easter and homemade banana bread topped with peanut butter is just the way my mom likes it.

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Is it a cake? A bread? A genius hybrid of all things Spring? Yessss. All of the above. It’s flavorful and studded with raisins, walnuts, shredded carrots and chunks of ripe banana.

Plus, homemade carrot cake banana bread and coffee is a morning match made in heaven. Emails almost respond themselves when you’ve got this powerful duo in front of you. Eh, almost…

Carrot Cake Banana Bread with Vegan Butter

vegan banana bread recipe

If you’re anything like us, then you’ve been doing a lot of baking these last few weeks. Somehow baked goods like muffins, no-knead bread and yes– banana bread, is wonderfully comforting. 

It’s why I find myself making batch after batch. The moment the last crumb is gone, I’m pulling out my baking supplies to have a fresh one on hand. It’s just the way I’m wired to respond; a warm baked good and a hug always makes me feel a little bit sunnier. 

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How to Make Vegan Banana Bread

I’ve veganized a lot of my favorite recipes over the years, which has served me well in times like these when eggs are hard to find. As I can’t remember the last time I actually bought milk, milk alternatives work amazingly well in most baked good recipes and can usually be subbed on a 1:1 basis. 

For this vegan carrot cake banana bread, you will be making a flax egg to replace a regular egg. Not only does this help to bind the ingredients together, but it also increases the healthy omega-3 fatty acids in the recipe. A win win in my book! 

As eggs also provide leavening, you will also add in a splash of vinegar to the wet ingredients as this helps to react with the baking soda when baking. Since you’re only using a small amount of non-dairy milk, I don’t think it matters which type of milk you use. I use almond here since I typically have it on hand but soy milk and oat milk will also work. 

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If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking! 

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Carrot Cake Banana Bread

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 slices 1x
  • Category: breakfast, snack
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: American, Vegan
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Carrot Cake Banana Bread! This vegan banana bread recipe is perfect for Spring and Easter! Low-fat, perfect for breakfast or dessert.


  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 slices 1x
  • Category: breakfast, snack
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: American, Vegan
  • Diet: Vegan
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 slices 1x
  • Category: breakfast, snack
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: American, Vegan
  • Diet: Vegan
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flax meal + 3 tablespoons water mixed together)
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (~3 ripe bananas)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded carrots
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the oil, sugar and brown sugar a few times until combined.
  3. Whisk in the egg then the mashed bananas, milk, vinegar, vanilla extract and carrots.
  4. Add in the flours, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and stir together until combined. Fold in the walnuts and raisins.
  5. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and place in the middle rack in the middle of the oven.
  6. Bake for 55-60 minutes until golden brown.

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    1. Eliza
      June 4, 2022 AT 5:20 am

      I made this as muffins (baked for 22 minutes). Sooo delicious! I followed the recipe, except swapped the grapeseed oil for avocado oil and left out the white sugar (we were out, but it ended up being sweet enough with just brown). Highly recommend!

    2. Margo
      June 13, 2020 AT 12:34 pm

      What gf flours would you recommend? Also can I use date sugar or honey in place of regular sugar?

      1. Alex
        June 15, 2020 AT 7:09 am

        I usually use Bob’s Red Mills 1:1 baking flour when I bake gluten free. I think the date sugar would work, but haven’t tried it. Haven’t tried honey and I wouldn’t recommend that as it will likely be too moist as the liquid:dry ratio will be off.

    3. Kathleen King
      May 12, 2020 AT 3:37 pm

      I don’t have flaxseed. O do have garbanzo bean flour. Can I use it n place of i?

      1. Alex
        May 17, 2020 AT 4:07 pm

        I’m not sure if that will work. If you aren’t vegan, an egg will work instead of the flaxseed mixture.

    4. Katie
      April 16, 2019 AT 6:01 am

      Hello Alex, can i substitute the grapeseed oil with melted butter? I am histamine intolerant and my oils are limited to olive, flaxseed oil, butter, ghee, coconut, and macadamia oil. Thanks

      1. Alex
        April 16, 2019 AT 7:27 am

        I don’t see why it wouldn’t work? Thanks Katie!

    5. Niki
      August 19, 2018 AT 7:56 pm

      This is amazing. I am fairly new to Veganism and I get sneered for my food choices by my extended family. Yesterday I attended a family get together and baked this and told everyone it was not vegan. Everyone loved it and were shocked when I told them it was vegan. I have made this several times now and has now just become a favourite. Thankyou so much for sharing.
      Niki

      1. Alex
        August 20, 2018 AT 7:24 am

        LOVE hearing this- Thanks Niki!

    6. Beth
      February 19, 2017 AT 5:37 pm

      I just stumbled upon your website and I have several recipes bookmarked to try- thank you! Do you think this would be successful if I subbed 1/2 of the oil for applesauce?

      1. Alex
        February 20, 2017 AT 6:35 am

        Hi Beth, I’m not sure as I haven’t tried it before but if you do, let us know how it turns out!

        1. Beth
          February 20, 2017 AT 9:13 am

          Thanks for the quick reply- I’ll let you know how it turns out!

    7. Amanda L.
      March 31, 2016 AT 4:01 pm

      What would you suggest substituting for the grape seed oil? I already have so many oils in my cupboard and don’t want to go out and buy another one. Thanks! 🙂

    8. Liz_MealMakeoverMom
      March 28, 2016 AT 6:36 am

      I love everything about this recipe. I assume it will work just fine if I use an egg? Great great recipe for keeping the sugar down and the nutrition up.

      1. Alex @ DelishKnowledge
        March 28, 2016 AT 9:54 am

        Yes! I should edit that in my notes. I love using a flax egg for an extra boost of fiber/healthy fats but an egg is just as easy! Thanks Liz!

    9. julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
      March 26, 2016 AT 8:39 am

      My two favorites combined into one! I have to make this!

      1. Alex @ DelishKnowledge
        March 27, 2016 AT 7:32 pm

        I hope you do! Heard from a few readers this weekend how much they liked it- it’s one of my favorite breads so far!

    10. Anne|Craving Something Healthy
      March 25, 2016 AT 9:38 am

      Yes to carrot cake anything! Gorgeous photos Alex!

      1. Alex @ DelishKnowledge
        March 27, 2016 AT 7:32 pm

        Thanks Anne!

      2. DK
        March 25, 2016 AT 1:15 pm

        Thanks Anne!